Reviewer: Jillean Wallace
Title: Frostbound - 1st in the Phoenix Chronicles series
Author: Sharon Ashwood
Release Date: June 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal Romance
Year/Setting: Present day/Fairview
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Sharon's Website/Blog: sharonashwood.com
Talia Rostova is rogue vampire. In other words, she’s is a vampire on the run from her maker. Her maker is a sick man who loved to torture his people. Talia stole enough money to get by and ran. She is now a teacher who takes care of her students online and makes her own money. She is sharing a condo with her cousin and is quite content. Her world is about to come crashing down. As she enters the apartment, Talia smells blood in the air, blood that smells like her cousin. When she turns on the lights, Talia is immediately hit by the scene in front of her. There is blood everywhere, and a search leads Talia to the headless body of her cousin. Talia immediately thinks the hit was meant for her being she’s a vampire and beheading is the surefire way to kill her kind.
There is also someone else who is investigating this crime. Lore is leader of the Hellhounds. He protects and serves those that are in Fairview. Nobody is able to lie to a Hellhound and its Lore’s job to find out just how much Talia is involved with her cousin’s death. What happens next seems to be fated. Talia and Lore have an instant attraction but are reluctant to admit it. He is a Hellhound and she’s a vampire; a vampire that may have murdered her own cousin. What the two don’t realize is that there is an ancient vampire plotting his revenge and Talia is in his crosshairs. Talia also has more to her past than being a vampire; a past that may drive a wedge between her and Lore’s budding relationship.
First off I would like to say that the only reason this didn’t get a 5 rating overall is that this is the first book I have read in the series. Now I will say that vampire stories are my most favorite to read. All of the authors I read that write vampire stories are all so different and complex. Ms. Ashwood is certainly no different. She weaves such a wonderful tale of a fledgling vampire breaking ties with her maker and trying to find her own place in the world. Talia never set out to be a vampire and reading of her past, it would seem to be a complete opposite of how she was raised. Her romance with Lore sizzles on the page from the very first meeting. Here are two very independent, opinionated individuals thrown into a very chance encounter. He is supposed to be investigating her in the death of her cousin and ends up falling for her in the meantime. I think the ending will pull at the readers’ heartstrings and leave them hungry for more.
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